Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Do you see this bumblebee on this zinnia? It stayed there for two days. I thought I had to move quickly to take this picture before it moved, but not this time.Do you see the white picket fence? My husband wanted it so our children would have it as a memory from their childhood. My husband felt this memory was important. I felt a release of tension today as I passed a white picket fence that a neighbor put up recently. If it doesn't help anyone else, it was for me! I could laugh out loud!

Our childhood memories are important in who we become. They can mold us and shape us, for good or ill. I remember my Mom telling me that when I was in kindergarten the teacher told her  I would never be a reader. I wish she hadn't told me this, but later on when I far exceeded that professional opinion I gave all the glory to God. My husband was told at the age of 16 by a teacher  that he should drop out of High School, and look for a job. After 40 years as an Attorney , he is very glad he didn't listen to that advice.

Discerning God's direction and hearing His voice clearly comes after years of careful consideration.  His advise trumps every one else. Anything that comes from God is safe, and good for us. If it lines up with His word it will be what is best, but it might not make sense to us. We don't see all of the picture that He sees. We don't know how all the pieces fit together.

Another safety measure I try to use is to have a trusted friend, who knows the Lord, to bounce my thoughts off of. The Apostle Paul said, " Every matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. {2 Corinthians 13:1}Although this verse refers to legal matters, it still is true to confirm God's direction in our lives. We need each other, and God wants us to trust another who has wisdom and care. Not one of us can be an island unto ourselves. Many times a person close to us has a better perspective and understanding of any given situation. Be careful to only share with those who have your best interest at heart. Love and grace to you today, my sweet readers!

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